The Grass is Greener Dress

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Thrift Score Thursday failed to happen this week.  Puppy ownerdom has been realllllly time-consuming!  Don’t fret!  The puppy is settling in nicely, and I’m getting back to my old productive self!  :)  But, if you’re really deeply interested, my best find of the week was a Bialetti Stove Top Espresso Maker for $3.  Exciting, right? (meh)

Big Whup.

Big Whup.

Some of you guys might remember this post from about a month ago when I scored a big bag of stuff at the $1 a Pound Goodwill.

While there, I scored this dress:

Remember this?

Remember this?

Here it is again:

And here it is!

Refashion me!

Alright.  This dress is just a smidge too big and way more than a smidge too beige!  I decided I wanted to dip dye it, but I didn’t want any of the beige to remain.  Now, I could have just dyed it once one color, then dip dyed the bottom half, but I was feeling lazy adventurous and decided to try something new!  :)

Two dyes, both alike in dignity in my fair kitchen, where we lay our scene!

Two dyes, both alike in dignity in my fair kitchen, where we lay our scene!

Do you see where I’m going here?  I wanted the top part of the dress to be green, and the bottom to be brown.

So, I prepared 2 dye baths…

Mkay.

Mkay.

And I added my dress!

See?

See?

I left my dress in its bath for about an hour, then gave it a good rinse & dry.

I wasn’t done yet!  I still needed to take it in, which I did like so:

Pin!

Pin!

Stitch!

Stitch!

Cut off the leftovers!

Cut off the leftovers!

I pressed my new dress, and now it’s back and un-beiged!  :)

Wah-Lah!

Wah-Lah!

It's chilly.  Put on a sweater!

It’s chilly. Put on a sweater!

The bottom is definitely a little wonky-looking, but I decided it was wearable for a night of comedy at Trustus Theatre.  I reviewed their newest production, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche for Jasper Magazine.  If you’re interested, you can read my review right here.

My secret identity.

Margaret is my secret identity.

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19 Comments on The Grass is Greener Dress

  1. Bea108
    January 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm (1 year ago)

    love it!

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  2. Aleigh A.
    January 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Cute dress. I kida like the wonkyness of the color on the bottom. You have inspired me so much. I went and purchased my very first sewing machine 2 months ago. I am so ready to start learning and seeing refashions like this one today, I feel, wait, scratch that. I know, I can do it!

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  3. Michelle Swetland
    January 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I never knew about dip dying! Love it! Also I love the green and brown combo, so sharp! Thanks!

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  4. Victoria S Andrews
    January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Really like the dip dye. Came out cute. Hate that you have to use Facebook to participate in your giveaway. I don’t do Facebook and never will. Call me stubborn but someone must draw the line with those guys.

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    • ReFashionista
      January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey! I won’t discriminate! Just leave a comment on the giveaway post and promise me you looked at their website. :)

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  5. Judy
    January 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm (1 year ago)

    The wonkiness is what makes it awesome!!!! Love it.

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  6. jennbecca
    January 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it too!!!!! Very clever there girl!

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  7. Ali Barrick
    January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm (1 year ago)

    While I don’t love how the bottom turned out – I do LOVE the dress on you – but then almost everything looks cute on you! And you know how to put all the right accessories together, like those funky boots. I say WELL DONE – I know you were probably going for more of an ombre effect and that didn’t quite happen, but bravo anyways! And I sent the photo of your pup to my boss, as she lost her mini-dachs last year and is hankering for another. She oohed and ahed at yours! Have and enjoy – they grow MUCH too fast!

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  8. megbenj
    January 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it!!! I am still thinking about your blazer refashion from last week … BTW congrats on getting a fur baby!!! Hot dog dogs are the best!!!! (I had one named Chewie since she was a dapple that was similar in color to, you guessed it, Chewbacca!)

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  9. Kathy
    January 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Every time I dip die something, it turns out all streaky and uneven. I prewash, I stir, I even encourage it. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

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  10. lialou
    January 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Looks great! I too, like the wonkiness on the bottom, quirky and cute!

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  11. Christy
    January 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm (1 year ago)

    So I have been following your site for awhile, and have been recreating clothing for as long as I can remember. I have never dyed anything because I am terrified that the dye will stay in my machine and dye the next load too, has that ever happened to you?

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    • ReFashionista
      January 26, 2013 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

      Don’t be afraid of the dye! You just have to clean out your machine when you’re done by running a wash cycle with detergent and bleach. Then you’re all set!

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  12. Stephanie H
    January 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm (1 year ago)

    This is BY FAR my favorite refash that I’ve seen you do – the colors are great, and the CUT on you is simply adorable – and OMG those red tights paired with it are killing me! I dyed my very first item a few weeks back (tights!) and it was really rewarding – I really want to do something like this next! I guess you just let the darker color bleed up the skirt?

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  13. cathynd95
    January 26, 2013 at 7:45 am (1 year ago)

    Kind of like the funky way the colors mixed

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  14. Carole in Vermont
    January 26, 2013 at 8:32 am (1 year ago)

    I love the sort of distressed, streaky (not the best word) effect of the green. How did you achieve that? Was it simply the process of dip-dying, or perhaps it was the original fabric? More details, please, if you have a moment.

    In further gushing…I discovered your blog about a month ago, can’t remember how. I’m also a fan of other refashioning blogs and have learned to absolutely LOVE thrift stores. I particularly love your blog because of the personal stories you share (OMG, your wedding dress story, just read that today & wanted to give you a huge hug and thank you for staying with us).

    I also love your blog because you have a way with dye. You really use it to transform things totally, like today. Or a dress you did a while back, white with yellow shapes, and you dyed it grey and it became totally Anthropologie-funky. I’ve started looking at thrift store racks in a totally new way, seeing way more potential than before, thinking, WWJD? (what would Jillian dye?).

    I’ve learned to love shopping in thrift stores. I used to see them as sort of dirty, depressing, not very nice places, with other people’s unwearable cast-offs. Now I’ve learned that the best music mixes in my region are put together by the cashiers at the thrift stores. I’ve learned that the cashiers are incredibly friendly, outgoing people who make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. There are many people who are shopping in the thrift stores because their lives have been hard. Some of them have been hard-living for years and are in the process of changing their lives. I hear these conversations and I hear first hand about struggles I’ve never had to deal with. It’s a good reminder and a good way to get myself out of my cocoon of safety.

    But I’ve also had struggles, especially since the economy tanked a few years ago, and it’s because of blogs like yours, and thrift stores, that I’ve been able to keep going & thrive. You make it so that I can save a handfull of money here, and a handfull there, but still keep looking good at work and beyond. In November I started a job at a high-profile business school, steeped in tradition with wood paneling and vaulted ceilings and the whole nine yards, and I smile to think that every day I’m wearing at least one thing from a thrift store. Because of you, I can afford more activities and lessons for my kids. I can spend less time in retail stores and more time at home with my kids, sewing and refashioning.

    You make our lives better. Thank you for staying with it!!!!!! I love you.

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    • ReFashionista
      January 26, 2013 at 9:25 am (1 year ago)

      Oh wow. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

      The dip-dying just turns out funky sometimes. I didn’t stir it or mix it in, so it would collect in the folds and make random parts darker. :)

      I always judge people who say that thrift stores are depressing. Like you, I disagree. There’s one shop I go to that is staffed by recovering drug addicts (it’s a part of a recovery program for them to give them jobs and get them back on their feet), and they’re the nicest people. You run into people from all walks of life, and I really like that. It keeps you from being out of touch or uppity about things that don’t matter.

      Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’m glad my little blog has made a difference. :)

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  15. Belinda
    January 27, 2013 at 6:49 am (1 year ago)

    Your awesomeness never ceases Jillian, I love this one!

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  16. KatieCootie
    March 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm (1 year ago)

    you referenced Shakespeare and your clothes are amazing! what an inspiration! LOVE you. lol

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